Can you tell which of these is a real pistol?

hk_sw40umarex40Can you say which is a BB gun? [click the images for larger views] Could you tell at night, or from a distance? Could you tell if someone was pointing it at you? How long would it take to make a determination? If you choose incorrectly, will you get shot?

On the left is an Heckler & Koch P30 chambered in .40 S&W. I can pick one up at my favorite, local gun store for a little more than $950. On the right is an Umarex 40 XP, which is a BB gun. It can be had for about $50 at Walmart.

The Umarex is the “weapon” that Tyre King had when he was shot by Columbus police.

I have a number of posts on this site that give grief to the cops for doing bad and/or stupid things. But in this case, I have to say that they probably had point in thinking that King was armed. Not that being armed is a reason for cops to shoot you, but it is one thing in their favor.